OTTUMWA — For the last year, building #70 at the Ottumwa Regional Airport has sat vacant, waiting for its next occupant to move in.
At the City Council meeting on Tuesday night, council members approved the sale of the building to Joe Wiley, owner and operator of Bridge City Truck Repair on Oak Meadow Drive in Ottumwa. Wiley is looking for a location to move his business, which has grown too big for its current spot.
“We’re moving because we need more room,” he said. “We just ran out of room where we are at.”
According to Wiley, he has been trying to purchase the building since FedEx left the property a year ago. Because of regulations put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration, the building was not put onto the city registry until recently. Once the city was able to sell the property, Wiley jumped at the chance and put in a bid to buy the building.
The building was built in the early 1970s and has since housed many businesses, most recently by FedEx Ground.
Now that the city has approved the purchase, Wiley will begin the necessary paperwork to obtain the property. According to Wiley, he wants to make sure all of the papers are signed and the documents are complete before he does some necessary work to the building.
The building has been the victim of wear and tear over the years but is in relatively fair shape even after FedEx being there, according to Airport Maintenance Supervisor Tom Francis. Even though there are some bumps and bruises, the overall structure should fit Bridge City Truck Repair nicely.
Wiley plans to run electrical wires and air lines when he is able to finish signing the necessary owner documents and hopes the move of location could bring some added business.
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